President Emeritus, Will Morris

William Morris, PhD, DAOM, MSEd, LAc is a transformative leader both in education and in the profession. He was instrumental in the founding of a single national professional association, now the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM). He earned accreditation approval for two doctoral programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM), and organized two Institutional Review Boards while serving as consultant to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles IRB.   

As president emeritus of AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, he has led the institution to regional accreditation with SACS and to the acquisition of its own property. As an author and educator, he writes a bimonthly column in Acupuncture Today, he routinely contributes articles to American Acupuncturist, and he has written several books, including  Path of the Pulse, Chinese Medicine and Transformation, and Li Shi-zhen Pulse Studies, an Illustrated Guide. Will’s background includes an OMD from SAMRA, the DAOM from Emperor’s College, a PhD in Transformative Studies from CIIS, and an MSEd in Medical Education from USC.

He has focused on study in three different family lineages of Chinese medicine (Ding, Gu, and Yang). He considers the most important studies in his career to be his eight-year mentorship under Drs. Shen and Hammer in the Menghe through the Ding family lineage of internal medicine. Morris also spent five years studying under Neiqiang Gu in the Gu family external medicine lineage. With thirty years of scholarly and clinical focus on pulse diagnosis, his current work involves a synthesis of standard, family, and classical systems of pulse diagnosis. In addition to leading the institution, Morris periodically instructs special seminars in pulse diagnosis, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, personal transformation, and leadership.


Morris, W. (2011a). Is Chinese Medicine Integrative Medicine? American Acupuncturist, Vol. 12(09 ).

Morris, W. R. (2009a). Chinese pulse diagnosis: Epistemology, practice, and tradition. (Ph.D. dissertation), California Institute of Integral Studies, United States, San Francisco, California. Available from California Institute of Integral Studies NCCPL database database.

Morris, W. R. (2007a). Pulse Diagnosis: A Multi Dimensional Method of Pulse Balancing. American Acupuncturist, 29(Spring), 16-18.

Morris, W. R. (2007b). Nan Jing Difficulty One -- Theory and Praxis. American Acupuncturist, 40(Summer), 12-15.

Morris, W. (2006). Transdisciplinary Approaches to Patient Care: Matrix Regulation, Pulse Diagnosis, Lymph Function, Endocrine Function, and Chinese Medicine). American Acupuncturist, 38(Winter), 16-17. 


Morris, W., & Li, S. (2010). Li Shi Zhen's Pulse studies - An Illustrated Guide. Beijing: People's Medical Publishing House.

Morris, W. (2010). Chinese Medicine and Transformation. Austin, TX: 33 Publishing. 


Morris, W. R. (2009b). Strategies for Globalizing Chinese Medical Research: Standards, Cost of Care Studies and Ethics. Paper presented at the International Conference on Traditional Medicine, Guangzhou, China. 


Morris, W. (2015). The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine. Acupuncture Today, 16(4).

Morris, W. (2013). Acupuncture and Closure: Turf Wars. Acupuncture Today, 14(1).

Morris, W. (2012a). Professionalism, Education and Turf Wars. Acupuncture Today, 13(3).

Morris, W. (2012b). Post-paradox: Room for View. Acupuncture Today, 13(8).

Morris, W. R. (2011). Flexner to Eisenberg: The Turning of a Nation. Acupuncture Today, 12(11).

Morris, W. (2011b). Scope and Standards for Acupuncture: Dry Needling? Acupuncture Today, 12(5).

Morris, W. (2011c). The Bright Future of Acupucnture. Acupuncture Today, 11(1).

Morris, W. R. (2010). Proving East Asian Medicine. Acupuncture Today, 11(9).

Morris, W. R. (2007). Is Asian More Pejorative Than Oriental? Acupuncture Today, 05 (8).

Morris, W. R. (2003). The Ying Qi Cycle. Acupuncture Today, 4(12).

Morris, W. (2003). Neoclassical Pulse Diagnosis and the Six Channels. Acupuncture Today, 4(4). Retrieved from

Morris, W. (2002a). Diagnosis and Treatment of the Night-Time Defensive Qi Cycle. Acupuncture Today(May).

Morris, W. (2002b). Eight Extra Vessel Pulse Diagnosis: A Path to Effective Treatment. Acupuncture Today, 03(1). Retrieved from

Morris, W. (2002c). Pulse Diagnosis Using the Elemental Compass Method. Acupuncture Today, 3(8).

Morris, W. (2001). Rolling from Primary Positions: Seeking the Truth. Acupuncture Today (September).


Morris, W. (2008). Book Review. World Futures, 64(2), 146 - 149.